I am used to the fast rhythm of Kellerman, Balducci, and Patterson thus reading this book was sometimes challenging. It gave me the opportunity of slowing down and appreciating the storytelling ability of this author Ernest J. Gaines.
The plot was interesting, a bit complex, yet development of the characters was intriguing and frankly quite brilliant. For example, the character Marcus was pulling corn and the overseer's horse was six inches away and blowing hot air on his neck as he worked. I could "picture" this repeated imagery as it was described in such creative ways.
I recommend this book if you are willing to be enthralled with a slow paced yet creatively brilliant character development and story.
This book, based upon something like five generations of oral history, is a novel describing the lives of African-American sharecroppers, their plantation owners (masters?), the owners’ overseers and various maids and mistresses. As the former slaves and descendents were given nothing after the ending of slavery, they were basically economically tied to their former plantations where the Whites continued to exploit the freedmen for another 100 years as those freemen lived without the right to vote or the right to justice in the White controlled judicial system. The author, Ernest Gaines, presents his characters with quite a bit of wit and some laugh out loud comments made between the various races and classes of people.
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